Sponsoring WU students through scholarships has numerous benefits for donors: By presenting your company as an attractive employer, you gain early access to highly qualified students as potential employees. Various forms of cooperation are available, depending on the focus of donors' activities, for example:
WU Top League
WU Top League is a successful Honors Program for Austria's best first-year students. The program is for students leaving secondary school with top grades, and supports these high-potential students during the introductory phase of their studies and beyond. The program offers individual academic counseling and attractive events held by program sponsors. Top League has a maximum of six sponsors per year. Past sponsors include Hofer, Deloitte, Porr, Mercedes-Benz Wiesenthal, Austrian Airlines, ÖBB (Austrian Railways), and Wiener Städtische insurance company.
Center of Excellence
The Center of Excellence (CoE) is an Honors Program for high-potential students in WU's master programs. With the help of its sponsors, the four-semester program gives students the opportunity to organize extracurricular events on their own initiative. Other highlights of the program include continuing education seminars, study trips, company visits and recreational activities.
Master class CEE
The Master Class: Eastern Europe is a 2-semester additional qualification program for future managers in the CEE region. This demanding program focuses on the following areas:
Intense cooperation with corporate partners to ensure practical relevance
Specialization in management and controlling covers many important responsibilities of future CEE managers
Team-oriented teaching methods improve social and business skills. Field trips and company visits "on location" give insights into markets and company practices.
Country-specific lectures and courses in law, history, economic geography and intercultural communication and management provide a comprehensive background.
Individual language coaching and bilingual project work give graduates above-average communication skills.
Partners: Erste Bank, Henkel CEE, Mondi Packaging, Roland Berger, STRABAG and VIG.
CEE Cercle WU
Austrian companies were among the first to recognize and respond to the enormous potential resulting from the opening of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) markets. WU also reacted to these developments early on with numerous initiatives in research and teaching. The Competence Center for Emerging Markets & CEE was founded at WU to concentrate all WU's CEE activities in one place. The Competence Center also hosts the CEE Cercle WU, established in April of 2008. The Cercle is an initiative of WU with the objective of getting students interested in CEE studies and potential careers in the CEE region. Sponsoring partner: Erste Group.
In Austria, the level of education an individual will attain still depends to a large extent on his or her social background. Upward mobility in education is rare: Only one in five Austrians aged 25 to 34 attain a higher level of education than their parents. This is also visible at WU: Students from families with low educational levels are underrepresented at our university.
The WU4You program provides scholarships intended to help talented high-potential students from low-income families attain a higher level of education than their parents. The program aims to address its primary target group, potential first-generation students, while they are still in secondary school. In the pilot phase of the program, we are working with five schools in Vienna: BORG 3, Schulzentrum HTL HAK Ungargasse, HAK/HAS des BFI Wien, BHAK und BHAS Wien 10, BRG/ORG 23.